Who inspired you to make music?
Judy – I think just generally being so into music and having all of our friends play in local bands inspired me to want to play music alongside them.
Claudia – Right out of 6th grade an older punk girl at summer camp made me a mixtape with all the quintessential punk bands on it from the 70s to the early 90s. It had bands like Gen X, The Exploited, Bikini Kill and the Muffs. It totally shaped my taste in music. Then when I was in High School I started going to punk shows and I thought wow playing in a band looks like fun, that’s what I wanna do.
Mary – My brothers inspired me to pick up a guitar and start playing.
Ryan- I started really young. No time by The Guess Who was the first song I ever learned, I guess inspired by wanting to hit stuff and make noise like every kid does.
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
We have a different approach for each song. It can be a vocal melody that we have, or a cool guitar riff, bass line or drum beat that we jam out to, then a song comes out of it. Or sometimes with an album we look at we have written so far and think maybe we need a slower song now or something more rockin’ and upbeat. Just really can go many different ways.
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
We really love our first 2 singles recorded by our former drummer and friend Dave Rahn (also the former drummer of Carbonas and Gentleman Jesse and his Men). He always recorded using tape and it just really captured that raw live show sound. “Stuck on Blue” in particular, that song is one of our favorites and it’s a crowd pleaser, so we typically close our shows with that one.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
To keep going and keep doing what we’re doing.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
Butter pecan cookie because it’s got a couple of nuts (at least 4), it’s sweet, soft and chewy with a little crunch but if you’re not careful you can lose a tooth to one of the nuts. :p
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Guess it’s great for exposure and promotion. It makes music more accessible to a wider audience around the globe, which is especially important right now when bands can’t tour, play live shows, or sell their records in person so the internet is really keeping the music scene alive through social media, streaming and online music shops.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
More female participation and inclusion in all aspects, band management, booking, starting record labels, sound engineering, recording, producing and of course playing in bands. We always hope that we can inspire a younger generation of females or anyone for that matter to get out there and do their thing.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Ryan- I’m fully licensed to operate a watercraft in NYC
Judy- The split
Claudia- My turkey call is spot on. You’d never know it wasn’t a real bird.
Mary – I know a magic trick where I make a cigarette disappear into thin air.
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
Not sure if any of us will ever be done with music, we’re all lifers at this point, you don’t just one day drop the thing that you care most about so it’ll always be around in our lives in some capacity. As for Baby Shakes if and when we stop playing shows we hope that people will always remember us as a fun band, people can say and think whatever they want but we do this for fun and we hope that our music will make people smile and think about whatever fun night they had while going to a show or listening to our record.
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
We just had a release on the fantastic label Dimple Discs that is one of 2 singles from the EP collaboration with Billy and Damian of the Undertones. So, look out for the follow up coming your way pretty soon, it’s just as catchy as the first one!!! In the meantime, we’re writing some new songs of our own and hope to record and release an LP by the time this pandemic let’s up and it’s safe to tour again. We want to tour Australia for the first time, but we’ll also be going back to the U.K, Europe and Asia as soon as we can!!!